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April 2014


From Putting People First

Johan Blomkvist’s doctoral thesis on prototyping in service design

Johan Blomkvist’s doctoral thesis on prototyping in service design

Representing Future Situations of Service Prototyping in Service Design by Johan Blomkvist Linköping Studies in Arts and Science Doctoral Dissertation Human-Centred Systems Division Department of Computer and Information Systems


From Putting People First

User experience is the new differentiator. How will that affect the internet?

User experience is the new differentiator. How will that affect the internet?

The world of business is changing, as are the locations of the people who are driving that business. How companies reach new users and how they treat them once they do will be the defining business issue of the future. Those


From Putting People First

Ethnography, magpies, shiny things, and parallel worlds

Ethnography, magpies, shiny things, and parallel worlds

Three posts by Simon Roberts (?) explore the rise, fall and possible futures of ethnography in commercial settings. Ethnography, magpies and shiny things The first piece explores how ethnography fell victim of the enduring quest


From Putting People First

How Facebook uses UX research to personalize the way we see each other

How Facebook uses UX research to personalize the way we see each other

Facebook recently made profiles more “contextual” on their iOS app, writes John Paul Titlow in Fast Company. That means that like Google searches or other personalized experiences, Facebook profiles will now appear differently


From Schneier on Security

Conversnitch

Conversnitch

Surveillance is getting cheaper and easier: Two artists have revealed Conversnitch, a device they built for less than $100 that resembles a lightbulb or lamp and surreptitiously listens in on nearby conversations and posts snippets


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Marketing

Big Data Marketing

Late on this, but useful thoughts:  "  .. This holiday season will likely bring another rise in cost-per-click prices. However, marketers shouldn't forget their post-click onsite experience, since they've invested hoards of time


From Schneier on Security

The Security of Various Programming Languages

The Security of Various Programming Languages

Interesting research on the security of code written in different programming languages. We don't know whether the security is a result of inherent properties of the language, or the relative skill of the typical programmers


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Upcoming Bootstrap Workshops

Upcoming Bootstrap Workshops

From the CSTA announcement list.


Bootstrap is a curricular module for students ages 12-16, which teaches algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming. In this workshop you’ll learn how videogame programming


From Schneier on Security

Dan Geer on Heartbleed and Software Monocultures

Dan Geer on Heartbleed and Software Monocultures

Good essay: To repeat, Heartbleed is a common mode failure. We would not know about it were it not open source (Good). That it is open source has been shown to be no talisman against error (Sad). Because errors are statistical


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Experience in Retail

Customer Experience in Retail

In Retailwire: Who owns the customer experience in retail?   " ... Should the emerging CXO role — chief customer experiencer — own the customer experience in retail? If so, I think they'll have to dethrone the CMO. ... " 


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Windows Phone 8.1 Project my Screen app now available

Windows Phone 8.1 Project my Screen app now available

last week I installed the new Windows Phone 8.1 for Developers on my Nokia phone. There were some pretty cool features there with Cortana (the Siri for Windows Phone if you will) getting a lot of attention. And I’ve had somedownload


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmented Pixels Example for Theater Engagement

Augmented Pixels Example for Theater Engagement

Daria Gaioshko of the Odessa, Ukraine company Augmented Pixels, sends along this new example of a promotional App for user engagement at a cinema.    I am now testing for alternative applications." ... Augmented Pixels releases


From Computational Complexity

Changing the ORDER you teach things in might help A LOT

I am teaching the undergrad jr/sr course Elementary Theory of Computation which is Reg Langs, Context free Langs, Computability theory, P and NP. Over the last few years I've changed some of the content (I dumped CFLs-- don't


From The Eponymous Pickle

Detecting Criminal Activity with Phone Data

Detecting Criminal Activity with Phone Data

Interesting example in Technology Review.  We used related approaches to detect patterns of innovative communications.  " ... Law enforcement agencies are turning to social network theory to better understand the behaviors and


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

NSF Requests Recommendations for Scientific and Technical Advisory Committees

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests recommendations for membership on its scientific and technical federal advisory committees. Self-recommendations are accepted. Committee members serve varying term lengths. NSF has


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Dropbox for the Internet of Things.

A Dropbox for the Internet of Things.

In Technology Review:     Simple idea, easy to play with.  " ... With the advent of the Internet of things, potentially billions of devices will report data about themselves, making it possible to create new applications in areas


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 21 April 2014

Interesting Links 21 April 2014

I may be getting some spring fever. Next week is our school’s April vacation but mild days and a sunny sky have me wishing I had a bit more time to enjoy the day now.

For this week’s links I start up with dueling posts. That


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baseball Scheduling

Baseball Scheduling

Scheduling complex sports events, with many restrictions and preferences, is a known difficult problem to automate.  New work at Johns Hopkins addresses the problem.  " ... A team of Johns Hopkins University researchers has developed


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Data Analytics Handbook

Free Data Analytics Handbook

Looked at in Machine Learning Mastery.  " ... What is the difference between a Data Analyst and a Data Scientist and what type of work do they do all day?These questions and questions like them are answered in the new free ebook


From Schneier on Security

Info on Russian Bulk Surveillance

Info on Russian Bulk Surveillance

Good information: Russian law gives Russia’s security service, the FSB, the authority to use SORM (“System for Operative Investigative Activities”) to collect, analyze and store all data that transmitted or received on Russian


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulated Design in Fashion

Simulated Design in Fashion

In DW:  Reminds me of similar methods, in completely different domains, like packaging design, which we experimented with for years.    " .. .Soft wear: computer simulated design is tailoring the future fashion industry ....Includes


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Different Goals for Information Visualizaton

On Different Goals for Information Visualizaton

Just brought to my attention.  Excellent paper.   Different goals and different looks for information visualization and statistical graphics.  By Andrew Gelman and Antony Unwin.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Luxottica to Make Google Frames

Luxottica to Make Google Frames

From a local company many of us have worked with." ... Google is hoping to make its Internet-connected eyewear more stylish as part of a partnership with the parent company of Mason-based Lenscrafters stores.The alliance with


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

In Praise Of P=NP Proofs

Why they can be important Advertising source Joe Bloggs is not a computer scientist, at least not one that we know. As noted by Wikipedia, Joe Bloggs is a “placeholder name” like “John Doe” or “Jane Roe” in the US, or “Ashok


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

In Praise Of P=NP Proofs

Why they can be important Advertising source Joe Bloggs is not a computer scientist, at least not one that we know. As noted by Wikipedia, Joe Bloggs is a “placeholder name” like “John Doe” or “Jane Roe” in the US, or “Ashok


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Robotics and AI

Social Robotics and AI

What are the implications for improving AI?   In an internet of things and people ... with things getting more intelligent and being able to take the initiative more often, what will the rules of interaction be?  Examined this


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Mess in Communications Among an Internet of Things

A Mess in Communications Among an Internet of Things

In CWorld:   Of interest, in particular standards are key to making this approach work.   Lack of interoperability, in particular in home automation, are key problems.  On the commercial side see my posts on background and status


From The Eponymous Pickle

Twitter Classifications

Twitter Classifications

As part of a recent project about twitter feed relevancy. I found this short mention of content classification of Tweets in the wikipedia.    See the link for further references:"Content ClassificationSan Antonio-based market


From The Eponymous Pickle

Infographic on Workplaces of the Future

Infographic on Workplaces of the Future

Yes, there are useful numbers in this graphic.  The topic is very interesting. And has a pointer to the origin of the sources.  But I count only 8 readily usable numbers from the several page document.   Its's bloat, and I cannot


From The Eponymous Pickle

Speedier Checkouts

Speedier Checkouts

Always a big labor and satisfaction consideration for physical retail:Kroger takes retail technology of the year:" ... While the bigger retail technology buzz last year went to data tracking devices, augmented reality and drones

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